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Postby JHH60 » Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:24 pm

CanadianSteve wrote:Would thermo-mold insoles help at all? Mold specifically to each foot?
MEC has some Montrail ones for $35. Should I try these instead of Superfeet? They didn't have the green ones so I am still looking for them.

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I have dissimilar feet (flatter left foot than right). I swapped green Superfeet out for SOLE Ed Viesters thermoformable insoles in my Nepals and it seems to have improved the fit. They definitely take up more volume than the Superfeet green. YMMV.
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Postby Captain Beefheart » Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:38 pm

http://www.powersteps.com/node/9545

You cant go wrong with these unless you have flat feet. They offer the best arch and heel support in my opinion. For sizing, er on the big side. They can easily be trimmed to match the shape/ size of your existing Sportiva insole.
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Postby Misha » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:45 am

I have the same problem as you (assymetric feet), thanks to a couple of fractures and torn ligaments. My right foot feels comfy in my new Nepal Evo's while my left toes rub a bit on the downhills. I hope that they break in after a few hikes. I had similar problems with most of my shoes/boots. After a while, they start to feel better. I'll have to try green SuperFeet.
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Postby jstoshick » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:38 am

CanadianSteve wrote:Would thermo-mold insoles help at all? Mold specifically to each foot?
MEC has some Montrail ones for $35. Should I try these instead of Superfeet? They didn't have the green ones so I am still looking for them.

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Being the fit before using did not work out, and many times boots like this can't be returned, finding a good insert many be a matter of experimentation. The superfeet are a favorite - and may be a good bet to try 1st as they make many people happy - does not mean they will make you happy. Bottom line = try until you find one that works! You may go though a few pairs - and in the course of a near $500 boot, that is not that bad for a great fit. Backcountry.com allows for unlimited returns provided you may have difficulty finding a good fit - and don't forget to check your socks as well -- good quality and possibly consider a liner.
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Postby CanadianSteve » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:55 pm

How long does it take to determine whether an insole will work or not? I.e. if I buy them today, hike with them on Saturday, and have no problems, does this mean they are a good fit? Or do I have to let my feet adjust to them, and use them on several trips to determine if they are effective or not?

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Postby jstoshick » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:10 am

CanadianSteve wrote:How long does it take to determine whether an insole will work or not? I.e. if I buy them today, hike with them on Saturday, and have no problems, does this mean they are a good fit? Or do I have to let my feet adjust to them, and use them on several trips to determine if they are effective or not?

Thanks for the help!


It should be a somewhat comfy fit from the start. As with any new boot and "break in", several short trips on feet that are free from blisters and pain points will do you the best. Remember when hiking to bring plenty of moleskin and duct tape for hot spots. Experiment with several sock combo's if the fit does not feel right.

If you live close to a store with a selection of insoles, take the boots with you and try them. One thing to watch out for on the Nepals - be sure not to over tighten the bottom of the boot - the lace lock can be tricky when trying to get a good fit until you get used to them Good luck!!
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Postby CanadianSteve » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:27 am

how tight do I want the lace locks to be?

Tried them out this weekend with the factory insoles. No pain/discomfort like previously mentioned, just fatigued afterward (10 hrs on the feet). Have montrail heat moldable insoles I will try out for next time.
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Postby CanadianSteve » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:23 pm

One thing I did notice, as someone previously mentioned, was that the LS boots aren't as tight on the tendon area as the Scarpas are. My tendon was not near as bothered after a full day out in the Nepals, as they were with my Charmoz boots...

Are the LS Trango series boots the same fit as the Nepals?

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Postby JHH60 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:15 pm

CanadianSteve wrote:Are the LS Trango series boots the same fit as the Nepals?

Thanks for the help.


I have both Trango Ss and Nepals and they fit differently. If you check the LS website you'll see they are made using different lasts, which basically means that the foot models around which the boots are constructed are different.
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Postby CanadianSteve » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:37 am

JHH60 wrote:
CanadianSteve wrote:Are the LS Trango series boots the same fit as the Nepals?

Thanks for the help.


I have both Trango Ss and Nepals and they fit differently. If you check the LS website you'll see they are made using different lasts, which basically means that the foot models around which the boots are constructed are different.


That's what I figured. I will check out the lasts on the website.
From your experience, is the heel/achilles tendon area of the boot similar in shape? Is one more narrow than the other?

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Postby JHH60 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:49 am

CanadianSteve wrote:
JHH60 wrote:
CanadianSteve wrote:Are the LS Trango series boots the same fit as the Nepals?

Thanks for the help.


I have both Trango Ss and Nepals and they fit differently. If you check the LS website you'll see they are made using different lasts, which basically means that the foot models around which the boots are constructed are different.


That's what I figured. I will check out the lasts on the website.
From your experience, is the heel/achilles tendon area of the boot similar in shape? Is one more narrow than the other?

Thanks


They seem roughly similar but if your question is whether you'd find them equally comfortable, then that's hard to answer as the fit in your heel depends on more factors than just the shape of heel/achilles area. The lacing system and fit across the front of the foot, which is largely responsible for holding your heel in place, is certainly different between the two boots. Also, the Nepal is somewhat stiffer in the ankle and significantly stiffer in the sole than the Trango S so you may experience greater tendency towards heel lift in the Nepal (I certainly do).
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